Good lord, this episode was quite infuriating to watch. I was so frustrated, I was swearing at my computer screen, throwing my hands up in the air, and hollered, “YOU ARE A FUCKING IDIOT!”
My speculation and wonder of how the crowd would react turned for the worse case scenario. Yuuya’s victory over Shinji only made the divide between the Tops and Commons grow further apart. But that was not the worse part of all. Jean-Rogers showed up and only added fuel to the fire, framing it so it looked as if Yuuya is one of the Top’s ‘dog’. Then there was the post-result of Shinji’s supporters. They were furious with his loss, but they did not channel it towards him and throw him under the bus like I have feared happening, instead they lashed out at Yuuya for “robbing” him of the victory. Now that the majority of the commons, including Shinji, Crow and Sam- who are all fucking idiots by the way- view Yuuya as an enemy. I swear to god, seeing their reactions was ticking me off and I was begging Yuuya to DO SOMETHING other than just standing there, letting Jean say whatever the fuck he likes. It may have made a difference had Yuuya displayed some obvious resistance- such as, Oh I know don’t- SLAPPING HIS HAND OFF HIS SHOULDER, SHOVING HIM ASIDE, TALK SHIT TO HIM- there were a number of things he could have done, but alas he did nothing and when he finally did try to do something, it was already too late, the damage has been done.
But let me stress on how annoyed I am with Crow and Sam. Crow of all people, is the one guy who had more time with Yuuya (not by much, but it’s still something) than Shinji and Sam. For the love of god, you let Jean the guy you hate change your opinion on a guy you had the chance to meet personally- and you let him do all the talking? Like what the fuck. Wishy-Washy much!?!?! I don’t care about the excuse/reason is because of their past relationship with Jack- it literally should not count because THEY AREN’T EVEN FROM THE SYNCHRO WORLD!!! What really pisses me off, is how this fucking idiot Sam jumps to the worse possible conclusion every. fucking. time. He immediately assumes Yuuya is no different than Jack- despite the fact he was able to show him how Jack’s Card is not as useless as everyone thought it is. But furthermore, WHY WOULD YOU TAKE JEAN’S WORDS FOR GRANTED? I literally can’t stand these kinds of things, it drives me insane. I know this is a popular tactic to use in fiction to trigger the next major event, but- it never gets old, it will always be frustrating to me as an audience member/reader.
It certainly doesn’t help that they are doing a good job of making me hate them- and they are only minor characters for crying out loud. But ultimately, the worse part about this ordeal is the alliance Yuuya had with Crow and his buddies probably a done and dead deal now. The Lancers are now completely on their own, and it is pretty much a 3 VS 1 war now that is about to take place within the Synchro Realm. This world is doomed for disaster, and it will require a miracle for them to put this civil unrest aside for another time to fend off Academia. The time bomb is ticking, it is now only a matter of time before it explodes, and the question is, how soon, and who will be the first to fall?
It was a relief when the episode finally shifted to Yuuya and Sora reuniting for the first time since the Battle Royale. Now, Sora’s talk with Yuuya sounded honest and with good intentions on paper, but regardless of his back-story and his claims of how he cherishes his friendship with Yuuya and Yuzu, I still don’t trust him. Here is the precise reason why I refuse to give him the benifit of the doubt just yet. First of all, sure it sounds good and a genius win-win plan from Sora’s perspective to have Yuuya to exchange Selena with Yuzu for the sake of protecting Yuzu from Academia (which is why he hastily sent Dennis back to Academia). But this is specifically why I couldn’t bring myself to trust him. This provides an opportunity to bring back both of them. How he would execute the plan is up for debate since it can potentially be 3 VS 1, but with an ulterior motive still being a possibility is enough for me to remain doubtful. On the other hand, if Sora speaking the truth from his heart, then I would commend him for trying to figure out way to protect Yuzu since he had overheard the conversation how the professor wants both of them. After a frustrating first half of the episode, this particular scene was a pleasure to watch. We had the chance to see Yuuya has grown, how he had spoken to Sora in a very mature manner, never forgetting nor leaving out why Academia is a dangerous enemy. He even outright questioned Sora if he was there to kidnap Yuzu as well, and gave him a reality-check that there is no win-win situation to do a trade because Yuzu would still be pursued, and regardless of whatever they may try- Academia is already planning to wreck havoc in the Synchro Realm, with or without Yuzu and Selena there.
Sora made it clear today that his feelings regarding Academia’s mission hasn’t changed, he also confessed he fears the Professor and wouldn’t want to be caught disobeying him. But if his feelings towards Yuuya and Yuzu are genuine, this could be foreshadowing where he draws the line. If he cares so much about Yuzu as he says he does, whatever the Professor plot has in mind for Yuzu and her counterpart sisters, if it means endangering her in any way- I can see Sora cutting ties with Academia in the future, and he may even prove to be instrumental for getting them into Academia’s territory.
Now that Jean knows Yuzu is alive and safe somewhere (because Yuuya can never keep his mouth shut when he needs to), he sent security to trail Yuuya. Jean wants to make sure he finds her before Yuuri does, because he too fears him.
In the meantime, and I don’t know if this is for the better or worse, but Yuzu has woken up and wandered off with Crow’s kids to watch the match from somewhere way high-up. That means Sora has to look for her all over again, and hopefully- Tsukikage will be the one to find her next before anyone else, before Yuuri shows up. I have no doubt in my mind he is probably already lurking around the Synchro Realm in the shadows at this point of time.
Next week, we have an interesting match-up with Crow VS Shun. Our two bird users will be duking it out and I have to say- hopefully this won’t be as chaotic as Shun’s previous matches. But given the mindset Crow has right now, regardless if Shun wins or loses, the fuse has been lit, and it could be as soon as the end of this particular match for this civil war to explode.